a view from under the pew: the mystery and miracle of christmas

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently for a tiny little red flashing light to decorate the Christmas tree sprig he had propped against his cozy matchbox home, he encountered the trials and tribulations of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for […]

Caroling group aims to spread love, joy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joni Anthony, right, leads Joni’s Sandia Carolers in practice Tuesday at her home. The group will sing and dance to Christmas carols. Liliana Castillo Their shirts say “For the Love” on the back, and that’s why they do what they do. They are Joni’s Sandia Carolers. For the 10th year, […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Birthdays —

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Gonzales [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Eloy Gonzales will celebrate his 75th birthday Nov. 23, 2010. We love you Tata, from Josh, Joseph, Jason, Jordan and Eloise. Have a wonderful 75th birthday. —Submitted by Joshua Castillo

In Search of Ponies: Unorthodox relationship good for both parties

Sharna Johnson Ah, Moses and Jael, now theirs was a love like none other. It was an arranged relationship, born of necessity and convenience. It didn’t start with a spark or a glance across the room that stirred butterflies into action. In all reality, the dainty, leggy blond suffering from depression and the small dark […]

Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

God led young man to love, life’s work

I heard the story of a young man whose life has changed — all because he wanted to date a girl. Here is the story: Julian was going to a university and working full time to obtain his college degree. In his words, his goal was “to get his MBA, manage his own business, make […]

For everything there is a season …

I love seasons. And I’m thankful indeed to live in a place where we really have them. I like summer, though it is not my favorite. The best thing about summer, I think, is that since kids and teachers have at least a few weeks off, life even for the rest of us tends to […]

Religion feature: Bug love transitions to mission work

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jack Quaif of Clovis applies a tire to a 1973 Volkswagen Bus Monday afternoon at his shop. The vehicle, which was donated by his late friend Lonnie Cross, will be restored and donated to a family in need through the Bugs4Christ organization. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jack Quaif’s life […]

Grandchildren bring lessons in love

Tree Swing Plans and God’s Plan for Love Given the rare opportunity, I can go a long time without answering a phone of any kind and be just fine. In fact, one of the things I like about motorcycles is that talking on a phone on one is almost impossible and not recommended, unless you’ve […]

Handmade toy labor of love

Clyde Davis The story begins with an emailed photo, received sometime in April, when my grandson, who lives in Florida, was on a class field trip to Washington, DC. As his mother was one of the parent chaperones, she sent me a picture of something which Jason had seen in one of the stores on […]

a view from under the pew: amos tries to love trigger

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.amos tries to love trigger boss being a christian mousein a […]

A view from under the pew: the great bugtussle rodeo

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i m almost sure they said – i love a rodeo -

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came to […]

a view from under the pew: the rose of suffering love

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:

a view from under the pew: amelia finds caring love

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by throwing himself at the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

Education feature: Clovis High sophomore to compete in poetry recitation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo has loved poetry since she took a child’s poetry class at Clovis Community College in fifth grade. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School sophomore Savannah Armijo is taking her long-standing love of poetry to the competition arena. Armijo is competing in […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

Education column: Students deserve thank you for giving, caring

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Since Valentines Day is Sunday, and that is the day we set aside to let those we love and appreciate know we care, I thought I’d share the following letter of appreciation our students at Mesa Elementary School received after they sent letters and care packages to our troops […]